|Artemis (purityuntainted) wrote in nevermore_logs,|
@ 2010-10-30 05:00:00
|Entry tags:||artemis, daphne|
Who: Artemis purityuntainted and Daphne laureltree
What: A chat!
When: Friday afternoon
Where: Artemis' apartment
One of her devoted nymphs was going to visit and Artemis wanted to make her feel at home. Several scented candles had been lit, and tea was brewing. The heady, aromatic scent filled the rooms of Artemis' apartment. Her dress was casual, a flowing skirt and a simple shirt. She wasn't going to show off, like some other goddess she knew who went by the name Aphrodite. Artemis was still trying to shake off the fact that Aphrodite was back in town.
Artemis didn't like her very much.
Artemis was allowing hr an audience. Daphne couldn't be happier. Sure she had to go in the city, near the two presences she'd like to avoid, but all that was ignored in lieu of the honor presented to her. True she spoke to her goddess in her prayers, knowing she was listening, but being able to get true advice? That was an honor she would not ignore.
She had taken the antlers of one of the buck she'd shot, alongside the other offerings she knew her goddess to like, and stood nervously in front of the door. She'd worn white, again to honor her patron, and just hoped she would not disappoint.
With a shaky sigh she raised her hand and knocked on the door, nervousness battling with elation. She was seeing her goddess again, after so long, and surely Artemis would know what to do, and how to proceed.
Artemis heard the knock while she was fussing about straightening things. She went to open the door to admit the nymph, her two gods at her heels.
"Daphne," Artemis smiled kindly at her, shooing the dogs gently away with her foot. "Come in, please."
When Daphne saw her patron she wasn't too sure what to do. She should bow, but people would notice. When Artemis invited her in she did so, and then bowed. "My Lady." She rose, only slightly and offered the package. "For you Lady. There's pheasant in there too." She bit her lip, a little nervous all of a sudden. "Thank you, for letting me come. I could use Your guidance."
Artemis took the package, pleased that Daphne had honoured her so. She placed the package aside for later, because she didn't want to be distracted by it. "I love pheasant. Thank you." The antlers were beautiful.
"Please rise. I've been brewing tea, would you like some?" Artemis waved the nymph into the sitting room.
She rose and nodded. Artemis could have offered her anything and she would have taken it. She'd not been raised to disrespect her Patron. "Yes please." Half looking around Daphne moved into the room, taking everything in to remember it later.
Artemis went and retrieved the tea from the kitchen and she returned. The tea set she had been given by another of her nymphs rested on the coffee table, already. Sugar, milk and cream rested in their respective containers, and a plate with cookies also sat on the tray.
"Here we go," Artemis said, pouring Daphne a cup of tea before pouring herself one. Then she took a seat and crossed her legs. "Now, what brings you to see me?"
Daphne sat once Artemis did, cradling the teacup in her hand like it was a sacred object. And it could very well be in her eyes. "Thank you Lady." She bit her lip, unsure where to start.
"Leucippus is here." Best to stay there. "I've warned him that should he interfere in my life I would take legal action. Part of me feels bad for how I treat him, but he did betray me. He planned to trick me out of my vow, I feel." She sighed, then looked down, "and I feel guilty because I look at Echo's son and feel sad I should never have one of my own." She looked to Artemis then, "please do nto think I regret my vow, I would never, but while I am always yours I still...yearn sometimes. I do not know if this means if I am a bad follower of yours or not."
Artemis watched Daphne closely and while most people wouldn't necessarily consider her the most forgiving goddess in the world, she did have a soft spot for her nymphs. The ones who upheld their vows, anyway.
"It doesn't make you a bad follower if you don't give in," Artemis said gently. "If the vows weren't sometimes hard to keep, it would mean nothing to swear them."
Artemis would return to the subject of Leucippus in a moment. She wanted to reassure Daphne first.
She let out a breath once her goddess reassured her and gave a bright smile. That was one fear put to rest. She would bring up Apollo, but did not want to incur her Patron's anger by complaining about someone she considered a bane to her existence.
"I swear Lady, I would never give in. Nothing could force me to do so. I think it's a little harder with Bastian around, because then I remember Father and his wishes to see me wed and with grandchildren for him," she gave a sad smile in remembering her father. She did miss him, "and Bastian is so sweet."
"And I trust you, Daphne," Artemis said, taking a sip of her tea. She placed the cup back onto the saucer with a clink and then she folded her hands into her lap.
"Bastian is a beautiful boy, and I can certainly understand how it would be harder with him around. But your loyalty is not in question to me. Now...about Leucippus. Has he done anything...said anything to you?"
It was good to know her goddess trusted her. Daphne would not let that trust down. Smiling she relaxed, only lowering her eyes at the mention of Leucippus. "He found me again, a while back. I did not recognize him and he sought to befriend me, again through trickery. It was Pan who told me it was him. I did not take it well, not when he wanted to betray me again. I told him in clear words that if he sought me out again I would take legal action." Daphne made it no secret that now the law was at her side. No more would she have to endure those she did not wish to see.
"It helped, but every now and again he makes some noise in that I broke his heart. It's nonsense really. When I met him the first time I made it clear that I was not to be won, that I would be bride to no man. I have some ill luck with men who cannot take no for an answer." She blushed then, realizing what she had said, "I apologize Lady. I did not mean to speak ill of your twin."
Artemis waved her hand about when Daphne mentioned Apollo, even if not by name. "Daphne, his actions and your feelings about them do not require an apology." Apollo was notorious for his sins against women, and despite her affection for her twin, she hated some of the things he did.
"It was right of you to tell Leucippus that you would contact the police. If he bothers you again, I would like you to contact me as well. I will not having him sniffing around the skirts of one of my nymphs."
Artemis would cut off his head if he messed with Daphne.
She bit her lip, deciding not to tell Artemis what she had experienced at Apollo's hands. It wasn't so hard now, to ignore hsi presence and to keep away. "He is Nymphagetes Lady, and despite how I feel he is a God. It is only right I honor him to the best of my abilities. Being petty is not like me."
Smiling she nodded, "I will do so Lady, but I am hopeful he will not bother me."
Artemis smiled at Daphne again. "Being petty isn't like you. Well said, Daphne. And I hope it will not be necessary, but should Leucippus bother you again, I will take care of him."
She smiled at the praise, knowing she would do better. Her curse was not her own fault and while Apollo had earned her disdain she would still honor him. "Thank you Lady, you honor me."